Advanced Computer Science

MSc, PGCert, 1-2 years, by distance learning

This is for you if... you want to study Computer Science at an advanced level from home.

Course Description

This MSc is designed for students who wish to supplement their education in a specific set of advanced topics and cutting-edge technologies that they require for their professional lives, or to pursue their studies further to a PhD on a specific topic. It offers a broad menu of modules from which you can construct your own pathway with the advice and assistance of a member of staff.

Over the course of this degree, you will develop a deep understanding of the nature and impact of current challenges faced by the IT industry so that you know what is expected from a mature professional. You will also develop an awareness of the methodologies and technologies that are available within computer science to address these challenges, so that you can evaluate and analyse specific situations and make informed choices.

You will have opportunities to develop your interpersonal, communication, decision-making, and problem-solving skills, and to use these skills in an imaginative way.

This MSc course will provide you with the knowledge and research skills to continue your studies at PhD level.

Key Facts
Start date
January and September each year
Department
Informatics
Contact
Distance Learning Admissions Team
+44 (0)116 252 2612
sep-dl@le.ac.uk

Department of Computer Science website

Why Leicester?

The Department of Informatics at Leicester is a thriving academic community with extensive experience in delivering high quality courses and undertaking pioneering research.

Most of our members of staff are actively engaged in research and are frequently guests of universities both in the UK and other countries to lecture on their work.

The Department has three Staff Student Committees - for undergraduates, postgraduates and PhDs - consisting of student representatives and members of staff. These provide a forum to discuss general issues and problems, and for staff to give feedback.

Course Structure

Modules

Modules

You can choose to study over two semesters (taking three modules per semester) or over three semesters (taking two modules per semester).

Option modules

Available in Semester 1:
Available in Semester 2:

Plus your dissertation/project, which starts in either June or January.

For the PGCert, choose four option modules from the above list, two from each semester.

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Additional Information

What's the Difference?

The MSc is six modules plus a dissertation/project, completed over two years. Or you can study four modules with no dissertation/project over one year and gain a Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert). You can upgrade from the PGCert course to the MSc at any time during your studies, but not afterwards.

If your interests/needs are very specific, or if you are not sure whether distance learning study is right for you, you can study any individual module as a CPD course and gain a certificate of completion. This module will contribute towards an MSc or PGCert if you start your course within the next two years.

Teaching and Assessment

On a distance learning course, you will study in your own time on a part-time basis, so you can combine achieving a qualification with work or family commitments.

You will access your learning materials online via Blackboard, the University's virtual learning environment, and you will be supported by a course tutor through discussion boards and email. Modules are assessed through a mix of coursework and written exams which will be held at a venue in your country (usually within two hours' travel from your home). You will have nine months to complete your project and it will be assessed separately.

Entry Requirements

For junior-level employees or recent graduates: a good second-class honours BSc degree (or qualification of equivalent standard recognised by the University) in a subject with a substantial element of Computing.

For IT professionals, applications will take into account your number of years of experience.

Accreditation of prior learning

Upgrading from CPD

If you have have taken CPD modules (and taken the exam in those modules) you will be eligible for later accreditation of the credits gained towards a PGCert or MSc. We will only allow students to include credits of modules that they have gained in the last two years before formally applying for a PGCert or MSc. The credit transfer is only applicable to CPD modules studied at the University of Leicester and that form part of the PGCert or MSc programme for which you are applying.

Upgrading from PGCert to MSc

If you are registered on a PGCert programme, you can upgrade to study for an MSc at any time during your studies. Upgrading will not be possible after completion of the study for PGCert. There might also be constraints on which MSc programme a student can upgrade to, as the student will need to cover all core modules of the MSc programme to satisfy regulations (the MSc in Advanced Computer Science has no specific core modules, so this will always be an upgrade option).

The time that you have already spent studying for the PGCert will be deducted from the duration of the MSc course. We will let you know your remaining study period when you are accepted onto the MSc.

Please note that, as a general rule, we do not accept APL from courses studied at other institutions. 

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.0 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability.

International Qualifications

Find your country in this list to check equivalent qualifications, scholarships and additional requirements.

Countries list

Fees and Funding

  • Starting in January 2016

    • MS: £11,100
    • PGCert: £4,440

    Starting in September 2016 and January 2017

    • MSc: £11,600
    • PGCert: £4,640
    • CPD: £1,160

    Fees are based on your country of residence during your studies.

    Find out more about how to pay and fees and funding.

  • Starting in January 2016

    • MSc: £11,600
    • MSc: Discounted fee for students studying in eligible countries: £8,385
    • PGCert: £4,440
    • PGCert: Discounted fee for students studying in eligible countries: £3,355

    Starting in September 2016 and January 2017

    Fees are based on your country of residence during your studies.

    Find out more about how to pay and fees and funding.

Career Opportunities

Careers

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Course Qualification Duration Start Dates Availability
Advanced Computer Science MSc 2 years by distance learning January and October each year Apply Now
Advanced Computer Science PGCert 1 year by distance learning January and October each year Apply Now
Advanced Computer Science (CPD) Less than 1 year by distance learning January and October each year

Not currently available; contact admissions.

Course
Advanced Computer Science
Qualification
MSc
Duration
2 years by distance learning
Start Dates
January and October each year
Availability
Course
Advanced Computer Science
Qualification
PGCert
Duration
1 year by distance learning
Start Dates
January and October each year
Availability
Course
Advanced Computer Science (CPD)
Qualification
Duration
Less than 1 year by distance learning
Start Dates
January and October each year
Availability

Not currently available; contact admissions.

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